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The thing that grounds you, and the thing that really gives you a sense of wholeness, is your family, friends and your community. Those are…
People write fiction in their minds all the time – every time we read a ‘human interest’ news story, or a true crime tale, we…
I’m certainly very influenced by what you would call ‘contemporary headline horror,’ stuff that is true crime or for one reason or another catches our…
I usually have more than one thing I’m working on at once – I’ve been working on three different novels. When I get stuck on…
I have to admit that ‘Psychology Today’ was one of the first magazines I started reading, back when I was 13 or 14, because I…
I guess I’m curious about how people process grief and how they process loss. And I’m also interested in the ways in which an event…
For the last few years I’ve tried to force myself to write at least one page every day, which doesn’t sound like much but it’s…
The happiest I have ever been is in the life that I led with my wife and kids.
I would say that all short stories have mystery naturally built into them.
Our sense of self is a kind of construct. It is in some ways like a novel, and it’s like a fabric of fictions that…
Fiction is a particular kind of rhetoric, a way of thinking that I think can be useful in your life. It asks you to image…
A novel requires a certain kind of world-building and also a certain kind of closure, ultimately. Whereas with a short story you have this sense…
I’ve had a lot of different lives. I was adopted, I grew up in Nebraska, and then I went to Northwestern… Then I had this…
Imaginative empathy is one of the great gifts that humans have, and it means that we can live more than one life. We can picture…
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